discovery park of america

Education
8:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Discovery Park Has Strong First Year

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Union City’s $80 million Discovery Park of America has had a strong first year of operation, with more than 295,000 visitors so far.

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Education
2:19 am
Wed June 25, 2014

West Ky. Teachers Are Ready to Teach Next Generation Science Standards

WKEC teachers take a guided tour of Union City's Discovery Park of America.

Kentucky K-12 schools are preparing for the implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards, which  have been met with acclaim and some controversy both in the commonwealth and across the country.

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Science
3:52 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Astronaut Couple Loans Suits to Discovery Park of America

Union City's Discovery Park of America hosts two shuttle astronauts during its Space and Flight Month celebration through January. We're honored to bring you a conversation with the married astronaut couple Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson and Dr. Rhea Seddon who are loaning their suits to Discovery Park of America for the celebration, in a special dinner event next Friday (January 24).

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Education
2:25 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Discovery Park Of America Welcomes 23,000 Visitors In First Month

More than 50 days since its opening, Union City's Discovery Park of America is enjoying strong visitor numbers and positive feedback.  

In the month of November, more than 23,000 people entered the 50-acre, $80-million park financed by Entrepreneur and Union City native Robert Kirkland. 

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the park is a popular spot for field trips. But the booming popularity opening week initially resulted in long lines at ticket counters.

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Business
12:09 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Discovery Park Draws Large Crowd, Long Lines

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Almost 10,000 people have visited the Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn., since its opening this month. But many of those visitors come on the weekends causing a long wait to enter the park.

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant said while the staff is encouraging local visitors to buy tickets during the week when it’s not as busy, the wait is about average for similar attractions.

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Society
11:22 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Discovery Park Celebrates Opening Weekend

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Discovery Park of America officials say they had a good turnout for its opening weekend.

Marketing Director Mary Nita Bondurant says the 50-acre park in Union City had  more than 4,300 visitors and relatively few glitches.  

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Tourism
11:37 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Union City's Discovery Park Opens

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Union City Tennessee’s Discovery Park is flanked by two harvest-ready corn fields near a road bed that promises to be Interstate 69.  A 100-thousand-square-foot ultra-modern exhibit space anchors the park. At least 15 other buildings are on the park grounds including a working grist mill, train depot and restored century old chapel.

Inside the main building you’re greeted by a stuffed snarling grizzly bear perched on his hind legs. The activities inside range from a starship theater and expanding universe exhibit

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Business
5:33 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Discovery Park of America Exhibit Designer Takes Us Through the New Union City Museum

Based in New York City, Thinc Design is an exhibition design firm that has created museum experiences around the world. It's originator, Tom Hennes, says the Discovery Park of America in Union City, inspired by the philanthropy of retired businessman Robert Kirkland, is full of fascinating exhibits. These exhibits, he says, are inspired by the community of Union City. We've met the Boston-based architect Louis Siriani who designed the building. We meet Tom Hennes with Kate Lochte, as we continue our coverage of this remarkable new tourism feature in our region.

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Business
3:22 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Union City's $100m Discovery Park Will Open November 1st

Union City’s Discovery Park of America opens November 1.

The 50-acre park boasts a flagship “Discovery Center’ with ten educational galleries.  An earthquake simulator, a starship theater and 150 ft. observation tower are featured inside the 100,000 sq. center. Outside, the Discovery Park has themed areas, including “liberty square,” “mill ridge” and “the settlement.” Three gardens and a water feature run throughout the park.

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Architecture
4:49 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Boston Architect Designs Soaring Center Building for Discovery Park of America in Union City

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Obion County, Tennessee, looks to a fantastic new attraction near Union City to bring many thousands of visitors annually. The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation is Discovery Park’s principal benefactor. Mr. Kirkland ultimately chose Louis Siriani to be the architect for the 100,000 square foot center of the new 50-acre Discovery Park of America. Since 1984, Siriani's been a principal of the Boston architectural firm Verner Johnson, Inc, which specializes in planning and designing museums which in this country alone draw millions of visitors a year. Mr. Siriani has planned and designed science and technology, history, and multi-disciplinary museums all over the country and the world. He spoke with Kate Lochte about working with Mr. Kirkland and the Union City community for this ambitious project.

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